Shopping as an international student in the UK should be fun, fruitful, and fulfilling your needs. Unfortunately, some items’ prices vary depending on the neighbourhood you are buying them from. Here is a list of the five best flea and street markets in London:
1. Camden Market
Every weekend, Camden Town flea market in London attracts thousands of visitors, most of whom are international students in London. You can find youthful clothes at affordable prices. You can also head to the Camden Locks and grab a bite from the cheap foodie’s paradise there. Get down on Camden Town Tube Station. For more information, visit Camden Market website.
2. Portobello Road Market
It has successfully labelled itself as the world’s largest antique market. Go on Saturdays to witness more than 1,000 booths selling antiques and collectables at the best antique market in London. Even if you did not buy anything, it is a must-visit London landmark. The rest of the week, except Sundays, the market is full of food, fruits, and veggies, which is great for grocery shopping with your roommates. It is easiest to reach it by tube: go to Notting Hill Gate from the Central line or the Circle line and leave the station by the north, Portobello exit. Visit Portobello Market website for more information.
3. Borough Market
South of London Bridge, you can easily find the market’s Victorian-style warehouse roof that has been operating now for more than 1,000 years! Students go there to grab some gourmet food that is sold by farmers, butchers, chocolatiers, and bakers. Students love this one because most stalls always have samples on offer. The nearest stations to Borough Market are London Bridge, Borough and Southwark.
4. Greenwich Market
If you are looking for artistic and unique gifts and some selective crafts, this market is for you with its antiques and collectables. It is mostly crowded on weekends so try to visit on weekdays. Around Greenwich Market, you can easily find cafes and restaurants if you are starving from exploring this unique London street market.
5. Old Spitalfields Market
Students find Old Spitalfields Market very appealing, as it has a wide range of vintage and modern jewellery as well as clothing stalls. It is surrounded by boutiques selling crafts, fashion items, and gifts. Liverpool Street Railway Station is the nearest.
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